From adaptive business processes to orchestrated microflows

Andreas Daniel Sinnhofer*, Roy Oberhauser, Christian Steger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nowadays, businesses with focus on consumer-products are challenged by short production cycles, high pricing pressure, and the need to deliver new features and services in a regular interval. Currently, businesses are tackling these challenges by automating their business processes, while yet trying to be flexible by introducing methods for process variability modeling. However, for larger processes and variability models, it becomes difficult to consider, maintain, and optimize all process variations in the various execution contexts. In software development, highly agile requirements are usually tackled with a flexible microservice architecture. Nonetheless, the fast-changing service landscape is often not fully reflected in the underlying business processes, leading to inefficiency and loss of profit. With this work, we extend our framework for process variability modeling with concepts of Microflows, allowing agile business process modeling and orchestration while utilizing the full flexibility of underlying microservices. In addition, we present a case study, showing how this approach is used in the context of an IoT application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Modeling and Software Design - 10th International Symposium, BMSD 2020, Proceedings
EditorsBoris Shishkov, Boris Shishkov, Boris Shishkov
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030523053
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event10th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design, BMSD 2020 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 6 Jul 20208 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume391 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference10th International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design, BMSD 2020


  • Business processes
  • Microservices
  • Software Product Lines
  • Workflow management systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management

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